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Here is a collection of hurricane resources collected and shared by the Human Development Center at LSU Health Science Center staff that benefit individuals, children, and families.

FEMA Assistance

  • Home site for Louisiana Hurricane Ida:
  • Disaster Assistance – The fastest way to apply is through You can also apply by calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) or through the FEMA mobile app.
  • Important Information for People with Disabilities When Applying for Assistance – This video encourages people with disabilities or others with access and functional needs to reply ‘Yes’ to Question #24 when applying for FEMA disaster assistance.:
  • ASL FEMA Fact Sheets:
  • FEMA Transitional Housing: Individuals in affected parishes may be eligible to get free short-term housing at participating hotels. Visit to see a list of participating hotels.
  • FEMA has extended its September 12, 2021 deadline to September 22, 2021 for the following assistance:
    • Specific assistance related to urgent needs or power outages  
    • Rapid financial assistance for critical needs – food, water, fuel for transportation, prescription medications
    • Expedited rental assistance for evacuation to hotels or relocation due to power outage.
  • FEMA deadline of October 28th is for grants for damage and serious needs not covered by insurance including:
    • Basic home repairs to a primary residence to help restore habitability (for homeowners)
    • Temporary rental assistance for people who need to relocate because a home is uninhabitable (for homeowners and renters)
    • Other needs, such as replacing essential personal property and other disaster expenses (homeowners and renters)
    • Money for chainsaws and generators may be available
    • Survivors whose primary home is in one of the 25 designated parishes may be eligible to receive reimbursement for the purchase or rental of a generator up to $800.
    • The generator must have been purchased or rented between Aug. 26, 2021 and Sept. 25, 2021.
    • The reimbursement amount for the purchase or rental of a chainsaw up to $250 for this disaster

State Resources

Resources for Young Children

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Resources for Families

As posted by Agenda for Children

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Information for Families

The Power of People-First Language

This blog post from Parent to Parent USA discusses the importance of people-first language in referring to individuals with disabilities. It explains how this respectful language emphasizes personhood over disability and combats stereotypes and discrimination. The post delves into the historical advocacy for such language, its role in inclusive communication, and provides guidelines for its proper use.

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Community Programs

Volunteer Support Parent Training

Join Families Helping Families of Acadiana’s Acadiana Parent Connection for this free training to learn how to support parents of newly diagnosed children and become a Volunteer Support Parent.